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Platform UI consists of several components, which provide the basic building blocks for user interfaces built with Eclipse. Some of these can be reused in arbitrary applications, while others are specific to the Eclipse IDE.
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{{Platform UI}}
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{{Infobox
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| name = Platform UI
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| download = http://download.eclipse.org/eclipse/downloads/
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| website = http://projects.eclipse.org/projects/eclipse.platform.ui
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| newsgroup = eclipse.platform
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| list = platform-ui-dev
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| product = Platform
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| component = UI
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| source = http://git.eclipse.org/c/platform/eclipse.platform.ui.git/
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}}
  
Two of the Platform UI components form the [[Rich Client Platform]] UI. These are [[JFace]] and the [[Workbench]]. JFace and the Workbench can be used to build arbitrary applications, not just the Eclipse IDE. The Eclipse IDE is just one instance of an RCP application, but it demonstrates the power and extensibility achievable by RCP applications.
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Platform UI consists of many components.  They provide the basic building blocks for user interfaces built with Eclipse.  Some of these can be reused in arbitrary applications ([[Rich Client Platform]]), while others are specific to the Eclipse IDE.
  
Platform UI also provides the IDE application plug-in, which instantiates and configures the Generic Workbench to form the IDE Workbench, on top of which lies the rest of the Eclipse IDE Platform and the Eclipse SDK (including the Java Development Tools and Plug-in Development Environment). Unlike the Generic Workbench, the IDE application plug-in is intended only for use in the IDE Platform, and is not designed as a reusable component for use in other RCP applications.
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== Components ==
  
Platform UI does, however, provide some other components that can be reused in other RCP applications. These are:
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* [[Eclipse4|Eclipse 4]] - Integrating work from the e4 incubator into the Eclipse platform
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* [[Rich Client Platform|RCP]] - Packages UI components for use in non-IDE applications
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* [[Workbench]] - Provides UI structure
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* [[JFace]] - A UI tooklit with SWT based views
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* [[Common Navigator Framework]] - Assists with UI navigation of content
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* [[Platform_UI/Accessibility_Features|Accessibility]] - Guidelines and support for UI accessibility
  
* the Outline and Properties views
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== What's New ==
* the Console view
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* [[Platform_UI/Plan/4.2|4.2 Plan]] - Milestone-level plan for the 4.2 release.
* the Welcome Page / Intro support, with guided assistance
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* [[Eclipse4/API|Eclipse 4 APIs]] - Developing Eclipse 4 APIs for the Kepler release
* Cheat Sheets, which guide the user through a long-running, multi-step task
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* [[Common Navigator Framework]] and default instance ("Project Explorer")
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For more details on the Rich Client Platform and other components available for use in RCP applications, see the [[Rich Client Platform|RCP Home Page]] and the [[RCP FAQ]].
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The [[Platform_UI_Design_Discussion]] page has some brainstorming about work to do in the next release.
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Platform UI consists of many components. They provide the basic building blocks for user interfaces built with Eclipse. Some of these can be reused in arbitrary applications (Rich Client Platform), while others are specific to the Eclipse IDE.

Components

  • Eclipse 4 - Integrating work from the e4 incubator into the Eclipse platform
  • RCP - Packages UI components for use in non-IDE applications
  • Workbench - Provides UI structure
  • JFace - A UI tooklit with SWT based views
  • Common Navigator Framework - Assists with UI navigation of content
  • Accessibility - Guidelines and support for UI accessibility

What's New

  • 4.2 Plan - Milestone-level plan for the 4.2 release.
  • Eclipse 4 APIs - Developing Eclipse 4 APIs for the Kepler release